Monday, April 18, 2016

Storyboard and Video Challenge

Hello everyone!

Today I am going to talk about a new part the History eproject I am developing in a team work. We have created a video to show our students how to create a comic where they would explain a historical period with specific historical characters. 

In order to create the video explaining how to create a comic, we first draw a storyboard with Storyboard That. As we are a group of six people, we divided us into two groups to get ready both challenges. One group carried out the storyboard and the other got ready all the customs, tools, and items needed to do the video. 

Regarding to the story board, we have used Storyboard That. It is an online tool easy to use that allows you to create a storyboard that looks like a comic. First of all, we draw in a paper the different scenes we wanted to represent and also the dialogs between the different characters. After that, we started to transfer those ideas on the paper to the computer screen through the online tool. 

Storyboard That offers a big amount of free resources for you to develop your ideas and create stories related to any topic you wish. On it, we found sketches of places, characters and different types of accessories you can use to decorate your scenes.  It lets you develop a clear and colorful storyboard.

As our story includes those different periods of History, we needed to use very diverse landscapes and characters in order to represent them. During the process we found loads of options to create our comic, even finding inspiring ideas within the tool to carry it out. Although we thought it would be difficult to find all the tools we required, it was easier than we expected. 

Also, creating and decorating the sketches and the characters was easy to do, as well as sequencing the images, writing the bubbles and organizing the story. We just had to drag with the mouse what we wanted to use and release it wherever we liked.

Although all this is available, there was one thing that wasn’t. The only problem we found was that to use more than six boxes implied paying, and this limited our work too much. We had to cut back the story in order to make it shorter and use only those six boxes, so we couldn’t include many details we’d liked to. It would have been really nice to be able to do it just as we had prepared it. 

Apart from that, a little detail that was an obstacle too, was the fact that the characters have only two positions (standing and sitting), and sometimes we couldn’t represent the scene exactly as we’d thought. 

Nevertheless, it has been a good idea to use this tool and we are satisfied with the results. We will use it again in the future for other projects, that’s for sure.

Here is our storyboard:

Obviously, create the storyboard is the compulsory first step to create later on the video. It is an easy step to achieve if you have clear what you want to create. For us, it has been easy because before doing it, we debated as a team what we wanted to do and also because our eproject topic addressed clearly our goal. 

Crate the video has been the hardest part of this challenge but it has been also the most enjoyable one. We wanted to explain our students how to create a comic showing the steps performing a video in different historical locations. We decided to play different roles in the Ancient Egypt, the Roman Empire, the Native American tribes, and the medieval age. We all get ready creating a cardboard crown, buying a plastic sword, bringing Egyptian customs or bringing some blankets to wear them as a cape or a toga. Moreover, a colleague loan us a green fabric to use it as a Chroma. 

We recorded the video during class time. We took one blackboard to set the Chroma and we performed in the corridor. It was really fun and we end up recording the video satisfied. However, we had been suffering a lot of problems when editing. 

At the very beginning, we tried Sony Vegas but it doesn't work in Laura’s computer, so we decided to download a free trial version of Adobe Premier cc, which is a professional video editor and this means difficult to use. We have to saw many tutorials until we find out how to use it and how to apply a Chroma effect. Then, we discovered that the light in the videos recorded was not uniform so neither the green color on the Chroma key. This can give you a lot of problems when you are editing because you need the green color to be uniform and with now shadows.  In that point we thought that we would have to record the videos again with a better light and being more careful. Of course, this has occurred because we are not experts and it was the first time we used a Chroma and also the video editor. 

Then, we tried to find a solution in order to not record again and I find a color effect which eliminates all the green color in the video and maintains red and blue. This worked because it eliminated all the green background, but it also eliminated the green in our faces. Nevertheless we decided to leave it like that because it was not a big problem. So if you are going to use a Chroma in your videos, take into account these aspects. 

Then, with the video finished, we used iMovie to add music and some effects easily. 

However, despite it was difficult to edit the video, we had a great time recording it and it was a really good group experience. 

You can watch the video here:

Develop this challenge has shown me that team work could work perfectly if there is coordination and all the group members have the same goal and are passionate about what they are doing. It has been an incredible experience and I am thankful to my peers and my teacher for it.    

We also have to thank to ESL Project to accept publish our sotoryboard and reward us with this badge:   

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